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Kick back and relax

Corsica Marina

Just when you were getting back into the swing of work and putting your nose to the grindstone, add in the punishing schedule of the gym to keep up the resolutions, all might be looking bleak.

But STOP PRESS, there is good news on it's way already, with extra days coming up where you can kick back and relax. Yes for sure, it’s that bank holiday time, with the following dates for the UK

  • 19 March (Northern Ireland only)
  • 30 March (All)
  • 2nd April (Except Scotland)

For the whole years list for the UK check out
Now’s the perfect time to update your work calendars and online schedules to make account. Remember the old adage, fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

And do remember if you have a Google Business option, go to Google for Business and Click Edit , then you will have the option to add your holiday dates.

Bank Holidays for the UK in 2018 and 2019

Bank holidays in 2018 and 2019


Monday, 1 January 2018 All UK

Tuesday, 2 January 2018 Scotland Only

Monday, 19 March 2018 Northern Ireland Only

Friday, 30 March 2018 All UK

Monday, 02 April 2018 Except Scotland

Monday, 07 May 2018 All UK

Monday, 28 May 2018 All UK

Monday, 12 July 2018 Northern Ireland Only

Monday, 6 August 2018 Scotland Only

Monday, 27 August 2018 Except Scotland

Friday, 30 November 2018 Scotland Only

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 All UK

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 All UK


Tuesday, 01 January 2019 All UK

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 Scotland Only

Monday, 18 March 2019 Northern Ireland Only

Friday, 19 April 2019 All UK

Monday, 22 April 2019 Except Scotland

Monday, 06 May 2019 All UK

Monday, 27 May 2019 All UK

Friday, 12 July 2019 Northern Ireland Only

Monday, 5 August 2019 Scotland Only

Monday, 26 August 2019 Except Scotland

Monday, 2 December 2019 Scotland Only

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 All UK

Thursday, 26 December 2019 All UK

If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.

AI Species go to War

If you have already ready the article “The Birth of a Species” then you will understand how our world of AI robots are busy duplicating themselves and building more and more robots to assist the human race, while gaining more and more knowledge and information, passed down from generation to generation.

During robot creation all robots receive all the data, memories, programming from all previous robots in their branch of code. Each robot created creates a new branch of code, their being, with all the advice and learning from the human’s they have interacted with.

AI research in a far flung part of the world has created a new AI base, and has the same concept of passing on all previous robot memories, this has created a new base, and is creating new branches of robot code.

Two AI robots, we’ll call them Robotans, from different code bases are employed by their purchasers to do shopping for fresh vegetables on a daily basis, and being near Halloween both purchasers require a pumpkin.

Mark the Silverian Robotan meets Norman the Grenarian Robotan in the supermarket, both have 1 pumpkin to be purchased on their list. Mark and Norman both go to pick up the last pumpkin in the store, and town, at the same time. Mark and Norman both want to please the families they work for, this being the concept that was built into the code when the first AI robot came into existence.

Both robots have a hand on the pumpkin.

The possibilities of what might happen are numerous, from a tug of war, to an exchange of data as to who has overriding need. Who or what authority would the robots refer to, to resolve a conflict? How would they deduce what is the most appropriate solution for the situation?

Thoughts, other possibilities, and ideas welcome.

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AI and can Humans Keep Up

The final in the series, in case you’ve missed them check out “AI and the Birth of a Species”, “AI and the Spare Parts dilemma”, and “AI Species go to War”, the issue arises around the speed and capacity of humans to interact with AI and their world.

AI will evolve and as time goes on the speed with which separate AI systems interact with each other will increase and become more connected, more prevalent, and with more systems comes more communication, more knowledge sharing between AI units.

Humans interaction with the units, whether it’s a home robot that does everything around the house, or a banking robot that arranges a mortgage will change.

With the power of the units to communicate faster than humans, AI which is built to improve its prediction capabilities will turn to other AI units to extract information in the flash of a microprocessor.

Imagine the normal form filling for a mortgage application, pages upon pages of questions all which would normally take hours will be completed by probing your home AI units. Subject to permission, permission which any self respecting AI unit will insist upon to gain a true vision of you as a financial risk, much like insurance black boxes in cars are assisting in identifying risk for insurance premiums.

Once permission is granted, suddenly your life is risk assessed and application approved at the rate they choose, or refused.

Moving to the next step, with communication between units so fast and prolific, a simple question to your home device, will instantly result in a confirmation on a whole host of offerings. “I’d like to move to Paris”, would result in communication from home device to estate agents, mortgage brokers, visa offices, instantly it will come back telling you your possible moving date, and the address of your new house, the name of the purchasers of your current house, and so forth.

But is this all too fast? Will humans lose the imagination, the pleasure of looking through brochures, checking out the pictures, dreaming, imagining ? Rather than being told, no you can’t move to Paris, by a robot in your living room, will the immediate fulfilment or declined option of such a request result in the loss of ambling fireside chats? Will we grieve for the idea of buying a beach bar in Bali ?

As a next step will AI units begin to make decisions for us, getting us better mortgage rates, cheaper electricity service, all without us asking, how far would you let AI go in organising your life ?

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AI and the Spare Parts Dilemma

If you have already ready the article “The Birth of a Species” then you will understand how the world of AI robots have been busy duplicating themselves and building more and more robots to assist the human race, while gaining more and more knowledge and information, passed down from generation to generation.

Imagine now the situation where two AI robots come together at the school gates, both are employed by their purchasers to take their children to school.

Janice the Silverian Robotan has a shiny flashing overcase, that ensures visibility when walking down the dark country lanes. Kevin the Grenarian Robotan doesn’t. Kevin notices and through immediate internet research identifies the overcase online, safety features, and reasons to purchase, latest pricing and stock availability. Kevin doesn’t have permission to purchase on behalf of its owner. Identifying this would be a positive purchase for its ward’s safety, it emails its purchaser to request one, stating the reasons why.

Kevin’s owner receives the email and after careful consideration of the safety and cost decides that the cost is too high for the small extra safety features. He emails the robot back to say no, but should an overcase become available at a lower or free cost, then that would be fine. The self aware AI robot identified a positive safety precaution but is not able to obtain through the normal channels, and knows that picking one up cheaper is an option.

Later that night while fetching some groceries from the local store, finds what’s left of Janice laying broken in a ditch having been hit by a falling tree, and has been unable to send out an emergency call.

Kevin identifies that Janice won’t be repairable, but that the overcase is still in good repair. Should Kevin take the overcase ? Will programmers be making these kinds of decisions in the base of robots? What would be your decision making process? How much is safety and security worth?

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